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Town Council Minutes 08/13/2013

South Berwick Town Council
August 13, 2013

Chairman Gerald W. MacPherson, Sr. called the meeting to order at 6:30pm.  Councilors present included Jean Demetracopoulos, David H. Webster, John C. Kareckas, and Russell H. Abell.  Assistant Town Manager Roberta Orsini was also in attendance.

Approval of Minutes

1. Council 7-09-13:  On a motion by Mrs. Demetracopoulos, seconded by Mr. Webster, it was unanimously voted to adopt the minutes as written.

Treasurer’s Warrant – Aug 13, 2013

On a motion by Mr. Abell, seconded by Mrs. Demetracopoulos, it was unanimously voted to sign the warrant in the amount of $753,316.59.

Public Comment

No one wished to address Council.

Reports & Correspondence

1. The York County Budget Committee has requested funds for legal assistance to help in their dispute with the County Commissioners.

-Mr. Kareckas stated that he was not inclined to support the request at this time.
-Mr. Webster stated that he would like to hear both sides before he could agree to the request.
-Mrs. Demetracopoulos stated that she would like to have them here to make their case.
-Mr. MacPherson stated that he did not believe there was much municipal support for granting funds to the Committee.  He added that both groups are part of the same governmental entity and both are funded with taxpayer money. Asking for more tax payer money to settle their dispute seems inappropriate.

Town Manager’s Report

-Mrs. Orsini reported that the paving that should take place tomorrow has been postponed.
-Mrs. Orsini stated that the DOT is or will soon be working on the study for the intersection at Route 236, Vine Street, and Academy Street.

New Business

1. The Council briefly discussed the Strawberry Festival Grant for flags.  Eric Pelchat, Front Street, explained that he initiated the grant application to help facility the replacement of worn out flags and to have the holes drilled in the sidewalk that was repaired on Portland Street.  Mr. Pelchat thanked the other members of the ad hoc group that donates their time to putting out the flags.  The group includes, among others, Norm & Audrey Fortier and Paul & Tamre Steinhauer.

Mr. Kareckas made a motion to accept the grant from the Strawberry Festival Committee in the amount of $1478.00 and authorize its expenditure for flag displays.  Mr. Abell seconded the motion.

Mrs. Demetracopoulos made a motion to amend by adding the establishment of a special revenue account for street flags.  Mr. Abell seconded.  The motion to amend was unanimously adopted.

The original motion, as amended, to accept the grant and establish a special revenue account was unanimously adopted.

2. On a motion by Mr. Abell, seconded by Mr. Kareckas, it was unanimously voted to approve the renewal of a Solid Waste Hauler License for Pine Tree Waste (now part of Casella) until June 30, 2014.

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Council Member Comments

1. Mr. Abell:
-Commented that he was just back from a very enjoyable European vacation.
-Encouraged everyone to attend Lantern Fest on August 21st at Spring Hill.

2. Mr. Webster:
-Commented about a recent article in the Maine Townsman regarding a program developed in West Gardiner for obtaining a free burn permit online. The State currently has an online program but charges a $7 fee.  He asked if the Manager and Fire Chief could look into providing the same service.
-Attended the tour of an Avesta facility in Kennebunk last week.  Everything was professionally done.
-Made note that he and Councilor MacPherson met with two of the Eliot Selectmen to discuss the potential for future cooperative efforts.
-Commented that he would like to have a representative from the Schiller Plant come to a meeting to address the Good Neighbor Petition being filed by Eliot with the EPA.

3. Mrs. Demetracopoulos:
-Commented that she was extremely impressed with rehab work Avesta did on the old school building in Kennebunk.  She added that she would be very comfortable with Avesta as a partner in the senior housing project.

4. Mr. MacPherson:
-Commented that the Avesta facility was well maintained both inside and out.  The facility was very people friendly with an indoor cafe and outside vegetable gardens.
-Commented that it appears that the contractor is finished on Vine Street; the turnaround has been paved.


On a motion by Mr. Kareckas, seconded by Mrs. Demetracopoulos, it was unanimously voted to adjourn the meeting at 7:05pm.


Barbara Bennett, CCM